Op-Eds and Articles

September 25th, 2017 by

A September 25 CNBC article notes that taxes are the #1 issue for their business, according to the third-quarter CNBC/Survey Monkey Small Business survey.  SBE Council Chief Economist Ray Keating, and members Jason Duff and Kristie Arslan were interviewed for the piece.  As the article points out: Entrepreneurs consistently cite taxes as the No. 1 […]

August 1st, 2017 by

An August 1 Op-Ed by SBE Council chief economist Ray Keating in The Hill implored Congress and President Trump to “get tax reform done.”  Indeed, reforming the nation’s tax system is a top concern and priority for small businesses, and America’s burdensome, noncompetitive and complex tax system has taken its toll on our economy by […]

August 1st, 2017 by

IN THE NEWS As reported by Financial Regulation News on August 1, a bipartisan bill was introduced on July 27 to fix the complexity and uncertainty regarding “joint employer” by amending the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The bipartisan bill, the Save Local Business Act, is supported by SBE Council. […]

July 11th, 2017 by

In a June 11 CNBC piece, reporter Elaine Pofeldt provides a solid snapshot into how states are improving their environments for small business.  She interviews SBE Council chief economist Raymond Keating about the policy issues important to entrepreneurs, and our latest Small Business Tax Index is mentioned. Some of the key ways states are taking […]

May 16th, 2017 by

In a May 16 Op-ed in The Hill, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan outlines the need for regulatory relief for small businesses and highlights one important bill that will give entrepreneurs and their workforce real protection and a voice in the regulatory process: The Small Business Regulatory Improvements Act, S. 584. Senator James […]

March 21st, 2017 by

In a March 21 Op-ed column in The Hill, contributor and SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan reviews current health care reform efforts through the lens and experiences of entrepreneurs and business owners. She urges the GOP to take immediate action to expand affordable choices for small businesses. This is possible, as she writes, […]

February 4th, 2017 by

In a February 3 opinion piece in The Hill, The Hill, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan writes about the need for politicians and policy to focus on strengthening U.S. entrepreneurship. As she noted in the piece: “From 2009 to 2011, there were more business closures than startups, according to the SBA Office of […]

January 26th, 2017 by

  In a January 26, Op-ed in the Washington Examiner, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan reviews some of the United States Postal Service’s practices and policies. For many years SBE Council has had to push back on U.S. Postal Service efforts to enter into new business ventures and services that compete with small […]

January 18th, 2017 by

  A January 18 Associated Press (AP) story highlights a variety of federal regulations that concern many small businesses across the country. The article, where SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan is interviewed, focuses on the cost of regulation to small businesses and looks at the overtime rule, the EPA’s waters’ rule, the joint employer […]

January 17th, 2017 by

In a January 17 Op-ed in The Hill, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan writes about the need for meaningful small business input on federal regulations –  at the earliest stage of the federal rulemaking process.  As noted by Kerrigan in the piece: My small business members are dazed by the onslaught of regulations […]

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